By Adejumoke Alebiosu
The National Youth Service Corps last Wednesday raised concerns over the poor state of infrastructure and operating conditions at its orientation camps nationwide.
The organisation blamed the poor state of affairs in the camps on the failure of some critical stakeholders to discharge their statutory responsibilities, especially in the states.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Major Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, raised the fears during the 2022 NYSC annual management conference in Abuja with the theme: ‘Repositioning the NYSC for improved healthcare delivery, revenue generation and corps employment for reliance’.
The event was to deliberate on the state of the operating environment of the NYSC.
Ibrahim said, ‘Despite the achievements, the scheme still faces some challenges. These arise mainly from the non-discharge of the statutory responsibilities of some critical stakeholders.
‘Problems such as dilapidated orientation camp facilities, inadequate corps lodges and lack of befitting office accommodation are being contended within some states.’
He also lamented that lack of start-up capital to corps entrepreneurs was already affecting their productivity, profitability and hindering the continued survival of their businesses.